It’s been 17 days since my last half marathon, and I’ve only logged 14.55 miles between those days. For a couple of months now, I’ve had a malingering pain on the heel of my left foot that I have failed to address because the pain was mild. Immediately after my last1/2, the pain went from a 4 to a 7, but I attributed it to the energy I placed going down a hill during the race.
Since I hail from a Latin American lineage of prideful and stubborn women, going to a doctor was not an option. In all honesty, culturally speaking, going to the doctor is usually a life or death situation, and despite the fact I’ve lived in the United States for most of my life, there are certain norms and traditions that are ingrained within my DNA.
After an extensive Internet research, and a self-diagnosis of mild Plantar Fasciitis, I decided to invest on a pair of shoes: Hoka One One Conquest. Let me start off by saying the shoes were expensive ($170), but there was a 30 day money back guarantee, so I figured they were worth trying.
I ran a slow 5K on the treadmill to test out my shoes. I don’t want to review the shoes yet, because I’ve only used them twice, but the heel pain was absent while running.
This past Sunday, I ran a slow 10k outside and I was pleased with the performance of the shoes. My left foot is having a hard time adjusting to the forefoot striking created by the design of the shoe, but I once again ran pain free.
On another note, it’s no longer sunny and warm outside. Fall and Winter are my least favorite seasons of the year, so stepping outside is very challenging. I have a strong aversion to cold weather, and I exhibit less fear running in scorching hot conditions than frigid and windy conditions. The weather is going to be a very big factor I’m going to have to overcome if I want to meet my marathon goal.
Speaking of the weather, the last half marathon of the year within a three hour driving radius occurred this past weekend, and I did not get to participate due to scheduling conflict and my foot. Since I still have not given up on my goal of running a half-marathon every month for 12 months, I signed up for a virtual race where the funds help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For $25, I get a bib and a medal and need to complete a 5K or a 30k before the end of November. I still have to complete 5 more half-marathons, and they may all have to be virtual half-marathons given the lack of races in my neck of the woods from now until next Spring.
Do races come to a halt during Fall and Winter in your city? Have you ever participated in a virtual race?